What People Say
Our experience with Bulfin Stairs was exceptional and I can, without reservation, recommend this business for any stair or other steel manufacturing project.
My experience of stair design and construction is unique and was only possible because of the flexibility and collaborative nature shown by Colman Bulfin of Bulfin stairs.
I had designed two staircases (I am not associated with the construction industry) for a new house build. The designs used the SketchUp 3D design program and were very accurately dimensioned within the program. One was a conventional staircase layout with two right hand turns, each with a landing. The other was a spiral stair with fairly tight space restriction. I had run the designs past our structural Engineer who had placed some (overly designed) min. thicknesses and dimensions for structural stability.
I contacted Colman who immediately showed interest in what was an unusual project. Although he did not know SketchUp he downloaded the program and familiarised himself with the projects, from my point of view, not trying to impose himself on the aesthetics of the stairs. The idea was for him to produce the steel support structure and for me to do the timber elements; treads and balustrades. He was able to
advise further on the structural aspects of the designs, complementing was had been said by the Engineer.
He executed this project immaculately.
As my wife was the Architect for this build, we were very hands on and the pre-planning allowed the supports and wall mounts to be very accurately placed, in preparation for
the installation of the stairs.
The level of professionalism from both the builders and from Colman resulted in a “perfect fit” with 8 bolts holding up the entire structure of the main stair! Similarly, when I came to install the treads and balustrade, everything fitted. My original design for the spiral stair utilised a similar balustrade structure which, we realised would be too imposing on the space in which it would stand. Colman was able to suggest a simple steel alternative which has resulted in a very pleasing stair.
Even the placement of the triangular treads was relatively trouble free, although time consuming.
Colman was accessible and very giving of his time. I visited his workshop for him to show me the techniques and sample joints prior to manufacture. He was very prompt and reliable in terms of planning and linking in with the main builders. Costs were very reasonable for this type of skill and craft.
An Spéir, Carrickmourne, Thomastown
Many thanks for a Job Well Done!
Wishing you and all your Family a very Happy Christmas & all the best for 2017
Oonagh & Gerard - Birr, Co. Offaly
Many thanks for all your assistance with designing the stairs. We are absolutely delighted with the end product and we look forward to having the whole house finished so as you can come and take some photos. We will also prepare an 'testimonial' and email to you in the near future. Best wishes
Helena - Dublin
When I decided I wanted to build a bespoke metal stairs as the centrepiece in my new house, I knew there was only one man that I needed to call. Being from Roscrea, I knew Colman and I was aware of his work and his reputation, so I gave him a call.
Colman listened patiently to my brief and ideas before explaining to me what was possible and practical given his experience. There followed weeks of consultation and collaboration and I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure to work with Colman.
Having worked with many tradesmen whilst building our house, I found none to be as passionate and knowledgeable about their craft, and definitely none to relish the challenge of creating something completely different from the norm as Colman did for me.
Nothing was ever a problem, I was consulted every step of the way, he was as concerned about staying on budget as I was, his attention to detail was exceptional (he suggested building a prototype so we could be sure the finished stairs would work, which we did.)
The finished stairs is quite simply a work of art in my home. It represents everything that is good about collaboration between a craftsperson and a home owner, when it is successful; you achieve something special that can never be replicated anywhere else.
My stairs are special, it is unique and I’ll always have Colman to thank for that
Julie & Kaii, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Many thanks for your help, patience and technical assistance in getting our stairs done. We are very happy with the final outcome. You are welcome to use the following testimonial on your web site:
“We found dealing with Bulfin Stairs really easy. Coleman had lots of suggestions and ideas that helped us choose. The stairs turned out to be a thing of beauty and not just a means of getting from one floor to another.”
Aidan - Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Coleman Bulfin director of Bulfin Stairs stairs is a breath of fresh air to work with. He is extremely customer focused, going to endless lengths to give us exactly what we were looking for in terms of design, through to the build and finish. He takes personal pride in his work to such a degree that we felt the stairs was just as much his investment as much as ours which was fantastic. His workmanship is second to none and he was an absolute pleasure to work with, I would highly recommend Bulfin Stairs - not only are they friendly and professional, they also produce quality stairs and innovative design at reasonable cost. We feel very lucky to have come across them having spoken to several other stair companies in advance of Coleman.
Ruth - Macroom, Co. Cork
I must say, Colman was a gentleman to work with and tried to accommodate us in every way possible. He had some fantastic ideas for the house as well which Niall found so helpful. His quality of work is a credit to him.
I'd definitely recommend him, and he worked within our budget and showed us some valuable money saving tips as well.
I couldn't speak more highly of him
Patricia – Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary
‘I can’t say enough about Coleman, he was brilliant, the work was fantastic and he was so helpful, would recommend him to anyone. He did an excellent job for a fair price am a totally satisfied customer’
Mary Delaney, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Couldn’t find anyone locally to do what we wanted we chose Coleman from looking at the work on his website so glad we did, we’re so pleased with how it turned out, and it’s a real showpiece everybody comments on it. Found Coleman great to deal with I had a very specific design in my head and he was able to make that work his knowledge and expertise was invaluable. Would have no problem recommending him even just for advice he’ll tell you honestly what is possible, what work and what will look good. Thanks Coleman we love our stairs!
Noreen – Castlebar, Co. Mayo